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Government releases data from first year of fees-free universities

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Final figures from the first year of the New Zealand government’s fees-free university programme suggest the policy has stabilised the decline in tertiary student enrolments over the past four years.

Education minister Chris Hipkins said that in the first year of the programme, 47,019 students received fees-free education at NZ universities and training colleges.

That figure included 36,116 students attending universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics; 6,973 attending private training colleges; and 4,845 receiving training through industry training organisations.

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